Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE) once again proved that aftermarket tuners are at the forefront of the horsepower war by announcing a 1,050 horsepower Chevrolet Camaro. It’s called Yenko / SC and is limited to 50 rural units.
Each Yenko / SC starts as a 1SS or a 2SS model equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and the optional 1LE package. It then gets a 6.8-liter, LT-1-based V8 topped with a giant supercharger to develop 1,050 horsepower and 900 pound-feet of torque, 50 and 25 increases over SVE’s 2020 Yenko Camaro. SVE reliably explained that achieving this output requires building the eight-cylinder with a forged steel crankshaft, forged aluminum pistons and high-flow LT4 cylinder heads, among other things. It also improves the fuel delivery system, fits a larger throttle body and installs a new exhaust line with long tube headers and high-flow catalytic converters.
SVE then turns its attention to the cooling system, which includes an engine oil cooler, twin outboard radiators, a transmission cooler and a rear differential cooler. It then installs a redesigned suspension with specific bushings, springs and anti-roll bars, although the factory-fitted Magnetic Ride Control technology remains unaffected.
Visually, it is almost impossible to confuse the Yenko / SC with a normal production Camaro. Offered only as a coupé, it bears a carbon fiber bonnet with the center section left unpainted, a range of emblems and emblems, plus five-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, a badge with the car’s serial number reminds occupants that they are not driving a regular Camaro. Yenko badges appear on the sill moldings and also on the floor mats.
SVE will make 50 copies of the Yenko / SC for the 2021 model year, and these will be available from Chevrolet dealers in the United States and Canada on a first-come, first-served basis, although the company clarified that the V8 is not. emission compliant in California. It’s a factory authorized conversion, so the Camaro will not void the warranty. Better yet, the engine and supercharger are protected by a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty.
Prices start at $ 69,995, but that figure doesn’t include the donor car. Chevrolet charges $ 37,500 for a Camaro 1SS, $ 995 for the destination, and $ 7,000 for the 1LE package, so the total cost of the Yenko / SC is $ 115,490. Selecting the 2SS trim level will boost that figure to $ 120,490, and that’s before options are counted.
If the Camaro isn’t practical enough for you, SVE is also building a modern GMC Syclone based on the Canyon pickup. It includes a 5.3-liter V8 with a supercharged up to 750 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. If that’s still not enough, the tuner also stuffs the Camaro’s 6.8-liter V8 into the Silverado, although output is limited to 800 horses.